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Advance Care Planning: Preferences for Care at the End of Life - Advance Care Planning
Advance Directives: MedlinePlus
Advance Directives and Do Not Resuscitate Orders
Planning - National Cancer Institute

Additional Web Resources for Advance Care Planning

Isn't it time to take time? University of Idaho website about advance planning and talking with your family about end of life decisions. "Getting started is the hardest part." Video streaming of people in Idaho talking about end of life and advance directives.

The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging says… Writing an advance directive by itself does not ensure that your wishes will be understood and respected. Studies have shown that standard advance directive forms do little to influence end-of-life decisions without: 1) informed, thoughtful reflection about your wishes and values, and 2) personal communication between you and your likely decision-makers before a crisis occurs. Good advance planning for health care decisions is, in reality, a continuing conversation - about values, priorities, the meaning of one's life, and quality of life.

The Commission developed a Consumer Tool kit for Health Care Advance Planning to help you in this process. This tool kit contains a variety of self-help worksheets, suggestions, and resources. There are 10 tools in all, each clearly labeled and user-friendly. The tool kit does not create a formal advance directive for you. Instead, it helps you do the much harder job of discovering, clarifying, and communicating what is important to you in the face of serious illness. (Pages in the toolkit take a few moments to load – it is worth waiting.)

ABA Tool kit Contents

  • 1. How to Select Your health Care Agent or Proxy
  • 2. Are Some Conditions Worse than Death
  • 3. How Do You Weigh Odds of Survival
  • 4. Personal Priorities & Spiritual Values Important to Your Medical Decisions
  • 5. After Death Decisions to Think About Now
  • 6. Conversation Scripts: Getting Past the Resistance
  • 7. The Proxy Quiz for Family or Physician
  • 8. What to Do After Signing Your Health Care Directives (Advance Directives)
  • 9. Guide for Health Care Proxies (Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care)
  • 10. Resources: Advance Planning for Health Care (Advance Care Planning)

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